Nimki ~~ Bengali Savory Snack

Nimki is a deep fried Bengali snack similar to Namak Para. NImki means salty snack. Made of very few and simple ingredients. Cumin seeds and kalonji ( nigella ) seeds gives this snack a very unique flavor. Nimki is specially made during Durga pooja  after immersion of goddess  Durga in holy river.

This recipes goes to the week 1 and 2nd day of Blogging Marathon 95 under the theme " Deep Fried Love".


Maida / All purpose flour 1 cup 
Kalonji / Nigella seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Butter 2 table spoons
Oil for deep frying

To be mixed into paste:

Butter 2 tablespoons
Maida / All purpose flour 2 spoons


In a mixing bowl add flour, cumin seeds, kalonji and salt to taste.
Add butter and mix it well to give it a  crumbly texture.
Add little water at a time to make semi stiff dough.
Cover and set it aside for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes knead the dough and roll it round to make it a thin circle.
Use very little dry flour if required while rolling.
Now make a paste out of 2 spoons butter and flour.

Apply this paste all over evenly.
Start rolling tightly  from one end to another.
Cut into 10-12 equal portions.
Roll each portion again to give it a circular shape.  ( just like poori )
Now fold it into half to give it a semi circular shape and again into half to form  a triangle.
Prick using fork on both the sides.
Heat oil for deep frying.
Now fry few Nimki's at a time to cook evenly.
Fry till nice and crisp.
Remove and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Cool completely before storing in air tight container.

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Priya Suresh said...

Prefect evening time snacks to munch while the weather is too nasty outside, you have nailed them beautifully.

Gayathri Kumar said...

All the layering must give these nimki a really flaky texture. It looks so yum and with a cup of coffee it would be fantastic.

Harini R said...

I know that these are very addictive and you made them perfectly.

Suma Gandlur said...

These addictive bites make a great accompaniment to tea / coffee.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I can eat this all day! Such a simple recipe but so flavorful!. I need to make some for snacking soon.

Chef Mireille said...

what a simple but lovely snack - perfect munching snack!

Pavani said...

Oh, what a flaky and delicious looking snack these are. Perfect tea time treat - crispy and yummy!!